JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM
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This folio volume contains a collection of autograph letters from George Washington and his Aides-de-Camp, including Alexander Hamilton. The book also contains portraits of each man. The binding was done by the firm of Riviere and Sons, London, in the early 20th century. The volume is heavily decorated with gold leaf, and has a painted portrait of Washington inset in the front doublure. The spine was loose and the textblock broken at the center. Several of the letters were torn or loose.

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CONSERVATION TREATMENT:

The torn and loose manuscripts were repaired and re-adhered using remoistenable tissue.
The original leather was consolidated as needed using 2% Klucel-G in isopropanol.
The loose sections and cracked sewing were reinforced with linen thread.
New headbands were sewn with red and white silk thread.
The volume was rebacked with goatskin colored to match the extant binding.
The original spine pieces were re-adhered.

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James Reid-Cunningham is a curent Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

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Cambridge MA 02140 USA 617-304-2652 james@reid-cunningham.com